Updated on August 23, 2017
At each of Sony's business sites in Japan, an Occupational Health & Safety Committee made up of labor and management personnel meets every month. The committee develops OH&S policies tailored to each business site, and establishes targets, develops action plans, and implements initiatives to secure safe and healthy workplaces.
OH&S managers from Sony Group companies and business sites in Japan gather at a national OH&S conference held one or two times per year. At the conference, they report on OH&S policies, targets, and strategies, and the results are communicated throughout the Sony Group. They also discuss audit results, occupational accidents, target achievement, risk reduction at business sites, and initiatives to maintain and improve health.
Sony is working to achieve its Vision Zero goals by pursuing initiatives under a common set of priority measures in Japan to assess risks and enhance employee wellness.
To keep abreast of legal and regulatory trends in Japan in the area of OH&S, in-house specialist staff members have developed and regularly update a database of related information and are charged with determining whether changes to laws and regulations apply to Sony sites. Sony has also created a framework for providing support to sites affected by such changes through the dissemination of up-to-date information, and enforces strict compliance standards at all work sites. Sony also includes information on legal and regulatory matters in the OH&S newsletter it publishes for Group companies in Japan, with the aim of enhancing employees' level of compliance awareness.
Sony's manufacturing sites in China play an important role in the manufacturing activities of the Sony Group. Under the Sony Group Global Policy on Occupational Health & Safety, Sony leverages its accumulated knowledge and experience to secure safe, healthy, and engaging working environments for employees.
Sony operates an OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system in China under the governance of regional safety offices and operated by manufacturing sites. Starting in fiscal 2016, Sony established overall management of safety in the China region and is reinvigorating its OH&S activities, aiming to achieve its "Vision Zero" of ultimately eliminating occupational accidents and illnesses.
As part of these activities, Sony has established a working group that concentrates on occupational safety, among the activities that are horizontally implemented by OH&S managers of all manufacturing sites. The working group shares accident case studies and implements measures to prevent accident recurrence.
Sony systematically implements OH&S in China. In fiscal 2014, hazard maps were developed to identify risks in manufacturing processes, and in fiscal 2015, training was conducted to adopt risk assessment methodologies for the proper identification and mitigation of risk sources. The risk assessment methodologies were partially revised and the methodologies in fiscal 2016 and applied to all manufacturing sites in China.
In addition to initiatives that are horizontally implemented at all sites, each business site implements safety initiatives comprising basic training and drills. Sony has also expanded its collection of occupational accident data to encompass non-manufacturing companies, and strives to reduce occupational accidents throughout the Sony Group in China. As a result of these efforts, the number of occupational accidents at Sony sites in China has continued to decrease for the last four years. In fiscal 2017, Sony will continue implementing its existing initiatives while using risk assessments to further reduce risks and the rates of occupational accidents.
Additionally, traffic accidents have become common in China as economic development has sharply increased the number of cars on the road. In an effort to reduce accidents while commuting by bicycle or electric scooter, Sony has been implementing safety education since fiscal 2014. This includes safety clinics and development of safety brochures that are handed out to employees. Sony has set a goal to achieve a 30% reduction in traffic accidents in 2017 and will pursue safety initiatives in cooperation with regional offices and business sites.
In North America, Sony has continued the wellness program that covers employees and, in most cases, their spouses/domestic partners who are eligible for the Sony Healthcare Program. The objective of this program is to help employees and their spouses/domestic partners live healthy, active lives. Participants have access to health risk assessments, on-site biometric screening (during which employees are given their body mass index (BMI), glucose number, total cholesterol number (HDL and LDL) as well as triglycerides number), telephone counseling with a healthcare advisor, and other online or telephone-based programs and resources. Among these are programs on quitting smoking, weight loss, stress management, blood pressure, diabetes, nutrition and physical activity (including programs using exercise/activity trackers). Employees can receive incentives for participation in such health-promoting programs. The incentives include various drawings done by Redbrick Health for those employees who participate in the programs.
The Sony DADC Terre Haute facility continues to manage an onsite Fitness Center for employees to have access to exercise equipment. The SEL San Diego location also has an on-site fitness center that offers exercise equipment and various classes led by fitness trainers.
Other wellness activities are in place as well. Sony of Canada has a salad bar to encourage good eating and good health for Sony employees. Sony San Diego has instituted a weekly farmers' market set up in a parking lot outside the building that sells fruits, vegetables and other local produce. The site cafeteria also has nutritional choices available and makes nutritional information and calorie information available to employees. Sony Nuevo Laredo has a 5-minute employee exercise program that is done twice daily and includes several different types of exercises. The program is conducted by trained leaders, using a video that was made with the assistance of a government safety and health organization.
With regard to influenza vaccinations, employees may receive vaccinations at either site-based clinics or a national pharmacy chain using a vaccination voucher. These are provided over a six-month period, beginning in October.
At manufacturing sites, based on job requirements, employees receive regular medical exams and, where appropriate, industrial hygiene surveys are conducted.
Corporate Environmental, Safety & Health (ESH) and Fire & Life Safety audits are conducted on an ongoing basis at nearly all Sony sites in North America. Internal inspections are conducted, as are audits by insurance companies and agents. The objective of the internal inspections is to assess facility areas overall from an ESH and housekeeping standpoint. This ensures that potential risks are identified and any other items needing attention are addressed in a timely fashion. The inspections are conducted by trained employees serving on on-site safety committees or work teams. The frequency of internal audits varies among sites, from monthly to semi-annually. The audits performed by the insurance companies or agents are generally classified into one of the following three categories:
For each category, recommendations for improving the current status of the site are provided, as needed.
In addition, in compliance with Sony corporate guidelines, job risk assessments are reviewed to ensure that they are all up-to-date and still reflect the job being performed. Both routine and non-routine jobs are included in this review.
Each Sony site in the U.S. has a revised written Hazard Communication Program for chemicals in place, including information on safety data sheets (SDS), labelling and training. The revisions are based on the changes to the U.S. Hazard Communication OSHA Standard, which brought it closely in line with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Employees in the U.S. with exposure to potentially hazardous materials received additional training. New chemical labels and SDS required by the revisions are in place in the workplace. Operations in Canada have been undergoing similar changes to the national Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) standard, starting last year. Operations in Mexico are also working toward new GHS regulations. In addition, all applicable sites are following procedures for controlling and eliminating specified chemical substances from the product supply chain, as defined by Sony's environmental rules.
Many Sony sites in North America have installed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that can be used in the event of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Sony Electronics Inc. has placed AEDs in each facility with 100 or more employees. Sony Corporation of America implemented a program to place at least one AED Unit at every site that comes under the SCA umbrella. Employees at each site with an AED are trained and certified in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in addition to their training in the operation of the AED. Monthly inspections of AEDs are conducted to ensure that they will be ready for use in case of emergencies.
Articles on SBR Manaus OHS initiatives/activities
Sony Brasil Ltda.
Sony Brasil, at its unit in Manaus in Brazil, has made it a primary objective to promote the health and well-being of its employees. It pursues continuous improvements in order to maintain good conditions and a safe work environment.
SBR has been working to establish OSH campaigns, internal audits focused on health, safety and the environment, thus creating more robust processes, including the events described below.
Emergency Brigade Training
Annually, the company trains people to volunteer for the emergency brigade, to attend and control emergency situations. The training includes topics such as firefighting, chemical leaks, explosions and first aid.
Internal Committee for Accident Prevention
In order to prevent labor accidents and/or illnesses, Sony Brasil, based on Federal Normative Instruction 05 issued by the Ministry of Labor in Brazil, performs elections for its Internal Committee to assist OH&S professionals in preventive actions, labor risk assessment and others.
Dialogues on how to mitigate risks and reduce accidents to zero.
In addition to the legal services in Brazil, we take care of the main programs listed below with the help of our collaborators.
Preparation of Program of Risk Prevention: A program to identify, assess and control environmental risks in the SBR workplace, in order to preserve the health and assure the physical integrity of workers.
Ergonomic analyses of SBR workstations: This ergonomics program helps to study the work environment and improve jobs. The physical therapist does the ergonomics monitoring in conjunction with the company's SESMT in order to monitor employees in occupational illness situations and prevent new cases.
Evaluation by occupational physiotherapist of employees with related complaint: The physical therapist does the ergonomics monitoring in conjunction with the company's SESMT in order to monitor employees in occupational illness situations and prevent new cases.
Regular health examination of employees (according to law): Employees undergo specific medical examinations.
Supervision and training of employees working with chemical products.
OH&S Risk Reduction Program
In Europe, Sony has identified OH&S management as a top priority and has implemented an OH&S risk reduction program since 2004. The program aims to lower OH&S risk by reducing occupational accidents and strengthening the health and well-being of employees.
This program is based on three main initiatives:
Program implementation and performance is reviewed by senior management at annual European management review meetings and during corporate audits.
Sony Europe is committed to ensuring the safety of Sony workplaces in Europe through a variety of OHS programs.
In addition to risk management initiatives to reduce occupational incidents, Sony sites in Europe have been focusing also on health promotion. The benefits of this approach are multiple: improvement of employee's health, increased motivation and productivity, and reduction of employee absence from work.
Sony DADC pursues an original holistic health promotion program called "One Fit Sony DADC." The program aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and sets activity incentives to help each employee health and personal well-being. It offers trainings and support in four areas: sports, prevention, coaching and nutrition. Employees' active participation in One Fit Sony DADC activities leads to a strong commitment, high motivation and, consequently, improved work quality. In the past year, the activities included nutrition lectures, cooking courses, free fruit baskets, first aid courses, boxing training, Nordic walking, running, hockey,mini-workouts, and smoking cessation.
At Sony sites in Europe, management considers safety awareness to be fundamental and always looks for innovative ways to enhance the awareness rate and reduce the number of related injuries.
The UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, UK has highly visible OH&S topics included in its induction training, awareness initiatives and communication tools. All newcomers receive a three-day induction training, out of which one full day comprehensively covers OH&S together with environmental topics.
As a European program, the regional safety office has launched chemical safety e-learning. The training emphasizes the importance of awareness and cooperation, proper storage of chemicals in the workplace and usage of safety data sheets as well as usage of personal protective equipment. All operators dealing with chemicals at Sony sites in Europe were within the scope of the training.
Sony's Pan-Asia sites employ individuals from a wide range of nationalities and cultural backgrounds. A key objective of OH&S activities in the region is to raise awareness of safety issues through training and education. Different types of events, which are intended to enhance and raise safety awareness, are held by Sony Group companies across the Pan-Asia region.
In fiscal 2016, Sony Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in Bangkadi & Chonburi organized a series of health & safety activities, such as alcohol screening activities for safety driving, annual health checkups for employees, and safety training for construction contractors. Meanwhile, the Sony Group companies in Singapore organized WSH Day at two sites, where they held safety games & CPR/AED training. In India, Sony India Software Centre Pvt. Ltd. organized a health awareness activity on mosquito-borne dengue fever as well as road safety training for drivers this fiscal year. In addition, Penang Tec of Sony EMCS (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. held a World Safe Day in the workplace with a health promotion talk on site for all employees.
Lastly, KL Tec of Sony EMCS (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. was awarded the Occupational Safety and Health Recognition Award by Malaysia Government Agency Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).